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Favourite Toys

What is your child’s favourite toy? I often watch Nicky and wonder about why he gravitates to certain toys more than others. This wooden bus has always been one of his favourites. When I listen closely he’s engaged in a pretend play scenario where his friends are singing The Wheels on the Bus 🎶 and helping each other with opening and closing the bus door. This pretend play shows that he’s taking his understanding of the world around him and connecting it to his own interests

Exploring Light and Shadow

Nicky discovered his S H A D O W! Exploring light and shadow using natural and/or man-made sources of light is an excellent way to teach children about light, shadow, and reflection. We were at the park when I took this picture but, if you were at home, you could have your child trace their shadow with sidewalk chalk and observe how their shadow would move throughout the day. Nicky would have loved that! You could ask your child the following open-ended questions: How do you

Rethinking Word Choice

Nicky was admiring some kids’ creations at the park and it reminded me of a book I read years ago that really helped me understand the impact our words have on kids. One major take-away was replacing the saying, “I’m so proud of you” with “You should be so proud of yourself.” That little shift in words helps reinforce for kids the importance of self-love and self-motivation. I hope these kids were proud of their works of art in the park because Nicky said, “Wow Mommy. It’s be

Develop literacy skills by reading ENVIRONMENTAL PRINT

Environmental print is the everyday print around us in signs, logos and labels. Young children develop early reading skills by “reading” this type of print long before they are able to formally decode words. Kids will recognize the M in the MacDonald’s sign, read Cheerios on the cereal box, or read GO because they recognize the GO Train logo. Environmental print is important because it’s one way that kids first learn to read and recognize words. So the next time you’re out an

Buying Educational Toys

What makes you buy certain toys for your kids and why is thinking about what you buy important? It's well documented that when children play they are learning! While playing children have the opportunity to practise many skills and competencies including creative thinking and problem solving. Having open-ended toys (toys that there isn’t one right way to play with them) is important because they allow kids to engage in play that gives them the opportunity to explore their nat

Promote Curiosity and Wonder with Virtual Reality

I'm learning all about virtual reality and it's potential as a teaching and learning tool! VR is so much more than just playing games. There are a range of apps from exploring Canada to learning about different occupations. You can buy cardboard googles that are engaging and affordable at about $25 dollars. Once you have the googles, all you do is download the the VR apps onto your smartphone and then insert your phone into the googles. My son is still too young for these bu